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Weather watch: Green light for Fontwell but frost is threat to other cards

Sun 25 Feb 2018

Fontwell's day in the spotlight has survived a morning inspection.

The Grade Two totepool National Spirit had been placed in some doubt when an 8am precautionary inspection was called due to the threat of frost.

By the time of the inspection, however, temperatures were already on the rise and officials were happy to give the meeting the go ahead.

The National Hunt meetings at Ayr and Plumpton on Monday must survive 8am inspections.

Clerk of the course Graeme Anderson called the check at Ayr because of expected freezing temperatures overnight.

The track is currently covered and underneath the going is described as heavy, soft in places. While it is expected to be as cold as -3C overnight, daytime temperatures could get as high as 6C giving officials plenty of hope.

Currently, Plumpton is raceable underneath the frost covers but another cold night is forecast in Sussex.

Saturday night saw temperatures dip as low as -4C and it is set to get to -3C on Sunday night. On Monday a maximum of only 2C forecast.

Leicester's meeting on Tuesday is in jeopardy. The course is currently frozen in places with another cold night forecast. As a result an inspection will take place at 7.30am on Monday.

Complicating matters further is that there is also a chance of snow.

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